Acer ConceptD 9 easel notebook (2019)

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  1. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    Wow, think about what you're saying: 6 year old (?) technology is still cutting it, keeping you from changing your main tool until something "just right" comes out. And to think, you're considering spending $6K US to replace a machine that probably cost you, what, $1,500 in around 2013. Of course, they're very different devices and the ConceptD is (purportedly) a very special offering. But one does begin to wonder, what - other than far, far, far better displays and better, though still disappointing, energy usage - has really improved in all these years and, while on the subject, what has gotten worse - onboard ports, keyboards and audio come to mind - has actually gotten worse?
     
  2. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    I know, if it weren't for the strip down the right side that stopped responding to pen, the T902 would still be the same awesome beast as the day I bought it. To be fair though I custom configured it straight off the Fujitsu website (the only way to get it in Canada when it first came out) with minimum RAM and minimum drive options and bought an affordable 500GB SSD and 16gigs of RAM to stick in it and my total cost after upgrades and everything was $3100 CAD, so it was no small investment either. I remember there were deals on the T902 later on its life but I believe they were mostly in the states only and I would have had to wait a year or so.

    But yea it has paid itself off numerous times thats for sure. I mostly use my cintiq and desktop at my desk now which is why Im in no rush to replace it, but every once in a while I use it for work and I'm always impressed with its performance. The screen feels pretty cramped to me now though, especially for large paintings.

    I agree not as much has improved as how much has gotten worse. Sure things have gotten thinner and lighter, but at what cost? Far less machines give you the option to update anything yourself, even the battery and RAM... port options are definitely lacking now as you say, and performance sort of hit a ceiling in relative terms. My T902 can still keep up with the demands of any CPU and RAM based workflow and many current ULV machines can burst to fast speeds as needed but often fail miserably at maintaining a high clock speed in a work scenario. T902 would throttle at the slightest taxing of the onboard GPU, but when it came to CPU stuff and using after effects it always puts up an impressive fight at staying just above base clocks for hours of hard work.
     
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  3. Shogmaster

    Shogmaster Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    I'm pretty glad I settled for the $950 Samsung Notebook 9 Pro 15 on clearance at Best Buy. It's a huge step up from T902. It even handles ZBrush well. I am happy.

    I had about $5K saved for ConceptD 9 but at the end of the day, couldn't justify it, even if it was available for purchase.
     
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  4. lovelaptops

    lovelaptops My friends call me Jeff Senior Member

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    That is truly impressive. Sorry if you reported this before, but I'm presuming at that price it has 8gb/256gb RAM/storage - yes? The key follow-up is, can you replace/upgrade either?
     
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    Shogmaster Pen Pro - Senior Member Senior Member

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    Actually it was 16GB with RX540 for $950. The 8GB without RX540 was about $100 more lol.
     
  6. stoneseeker

    stoneseeker Animator and Art Director Senior Member

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    The unicorn machine to beat all machines --(from a creative workstation and power user perspective)-- is finally available for purchase for those with very very deep pockets...

    But not on Acer's own website store. Instead you need to use the model number they provide for their final NA retail model and take your pick from CDW tigerdirect and others. CDW currently has a discount, offering it up for $5232 USD ($6888 CAD!) plus shipping and taxes etc..

    model number is: CN917-71P-9796
    official page: https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/conceptd-model/NX.C4SAA.001

    Honestly, if I didn't have a capable desktop cintiq combo and wasn't saving towards a down payment and new vehicle this would be very tempting. But I just cant justify giving that cash right now. I've asked for years for this exact kind of machine, and here it is and its as expensive as many of us predicted. When deals start popping up on Ebay for these I will be there low-ball bidding my heart out! But for now, here's some specs to drool over:

    -Octa core i9-9980HK @ 2.4GHz

    -Quadro RTX 5000 with 16GBs dedicated GDDR6 memory (roughly as powerful as the mobile 2080, but with huge advantage in creative and memory hungry applications)

    -17.3" 4K IPS panel (100% Adobe® RGB gamut, PANTONE® Validated color fidelity, and Delta E <1 color accuracy)

    -32 GB of DDR4 SDRAM

    -1TB SSD NVME

    -4 speakers, loads of ports and features

    -WACOM EMR


    Now that I have finally seen this mythical creature come to exist, as a holy grail of workstation convertible tabletPC's, available for purchase and not just vaporware... I feel I have achieved the forum Nirvana I had always strived for in this community. I have finally seen a worthy successor in most every way to my T902 and the journey and yearning for that perfect do-it-all machine has finally come to a close. I don't really care that I won't have it for a long time, maybe never. For me at this moment in time, I'm just happy it exists. I feel like through sheer force of want and desire and listing all our unicorn dreams, we brought this thing into existence. If this is my last ever forum post, (it's not) I would very much feel like it would be a fitting end for this seeker.

    :)
     
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  7. Steve S

    Steve S Pen Pro - Senior Member Super Moderator

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    <<...I feel I have achieved the forum Nirvana I had always strived for in this community...>>

    Yes, but its AC plug isn't compatible with Canadian outlets...! (OK, JK...)
     
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  8. YVerloc

    YVerloc Scribbler - Standard Member

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    brush rotation in photoshop, a 17+ inch tablet pc... what next? A good star wars movie?
     
  9. thatcomicsguy

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    $ 5799.99 USD..!

    Well.., it is a Unicorn, I suppose. Not some discount donkey.
     
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